Australia's road to ICC World Cup 2019

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24 May 2019

World Cup: Can Australia win the record sixth title?

Australia are undoubtedly the most successful team in world cricket, and five World Cup titles, under their belt, rightfully proves it so.

As they prepare to participate in the 12th edition of the ICC World Cup, they are also the defending champions in England this time.

Being touted as one of the favorites, are Australia strong enough to win their sixth?

We analyze here.

Schedule

Australia to open proceedings against Afghanistan

Australia to open proceedings against Afghanistan

Following is Australia's schedule (3 PM IST):

June 1: vs Afghanistan, Bristol (6 PM)

June 6: vs Windies, Nottingham

June 9: vs India, The Oval

June 12: vs Pakistan, Taunton

June 15: vs Sri Lanka, The Oval

June 20: vs Bangladesh, Nottingham

June 25: vs England, Lord's

June 29: vs New Zealand, Lord's (6 PM)

July 6: vs South Africa, Manchester (6 PM)

Since 2015

Australia have lost nine ODI series since 2015 World Cup

Considering Australia's performance in ODIs since their 2015 World Cup triumph, they have endured a difficult period.

Out of 19 series, they have lost nine, while three of those losses have come at home.

Having played 76 ODIs during this phase, they have won 37 and lost 36, as they have a win percentage of just 52.63.

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Squad comparison

Australia have a balanced squad

Australia have a balanced squad

Compared to their 2015 winning squad, Australia have a relatively bowling dominated squad than the previous team.

While they do have a few stars from the 2015 team, they have gone with several bowling options.

However, with pitches in England likely to be flat, the batting order, led by David Warner and Steve Smith, is likely to fire.

Strengths

A packed bowling department with top stars on offer

Talking about their strengths, they have world-class batsmen, with the likes of Warner and Smith, along with Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and Glenn Maxwell.

As for their bowling, their arsenal is stacked with giants like Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, who are likely to give a tough time to the batsmen.

Overall, they have a strong team.

Weaknesses

Over-reliance on top-order, Aaron Finch's poor captaincy

Over-reliance on top-order, Aaron Finch's poor captaincy

On the other hand, they do have a couple of weaknesses.

To start with, they are somewhat reliant on their top-order, especially Warner and Smith, which is likely to put extra pressure on Marsh and Maxwell.

Also, Finch has not been as promising as a skipper, having won just 10 out of 18 matches he has led to date.

Author's take

Australia's recent twin series win likely to drive them going

Despite their rough patch in the previous year, Australia have managed to turn things around, winning a couple of ODI series against India and Pakistan.

While the author feels that this new found form is likely to drive them going, they need to stop relying on their top-order and play as a unit.

Overall, they do have a realistic chance of defending the title.

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